A. EVENTS IN BRIEF (click to see details below)


1. Thursday, April 24: An International Symposium: The Rwandan Genocide: 20 Years Later 

2. Friday, April 25: Writing Disabled Lives

3. Friday, April 25: disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series 

4. Friday, April 25: Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture Symposium: What is Sex? 

5. Saturday, April 26: First Annual Undergraduate Conference of WNY   

6. Tuesday, April 29: LGBTQ Discrimination, Health, and Support: Panel and Information   

7. Sunday, April 27: Walk A Mile In Her Shoes 

8. Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month? 



9. Friday, May 2: WNY ACE Women's Network Annual Conference 

10. Wednesday, May 7: Feminist Research Alliance: Marion Werner, Geography 

11. May 18-23: 12th Edition Summer Conference: "The Ages of Life: Reconfigurations and Issues for Women 



1. Accessibility Resources April Workshop Series 

2. Expires May 3: UB Libraries Database Trials 



1. Gender Institute grants & fellowships











1. Thur. April 24:  An International Symposium: The Rwandan Genocide: 20 Years Later

8:30 am – 5:00 pm, 120 Clemens Hall, North Campus, UB - Free and open to public

Presented by The Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee

The symposium commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, which took an estimated 800,000 lives in 100 days beginning in April 1994. 

It brings together some leading Rwandan survivors of the genocide and experts on the origins, course, and consequences of that catastrophe.

Sponsors: University at Buffalo Humanities Institute, Office of the Vice Provost for International Education and Department of History, Hodgson Russ LLP

2. Friday, April 25: Center for Disability Studies Presents: “Writing Disabled Lives” 
9:00-11:30 AM 280 Park Hall  This event is free, open to the public and accessible.

The panel discussion will include speakers: Rachel Adams, Columbia Univ., G.T. Couser, Professor Emeritus, Hofstra University, Joseph Valente, English, UB  Cynthia Wu, American Studies, UB. Sponsored by: Center for Disability Studies, The Humanities Institute, The Gender Institute, and the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Cultures and Texts UB 2020 Strategic Strength. 


3. Friday, April 25:  disABILITIES Film Festival and Speaker Series: Raising Matty Christian

Showtimes: 3:00 and 7:00 pm, Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street, Buffalo

Reception with Keynote Speakers at 5:00 pm, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo

Cost: $5, free admission for Members of the Museum of disABILITY History.  Movie tickets available in advance at the Museum of disABILITY History and the Dipson Theatre Amherst on the day of the event.

The inspirational documentary profiles the life of Matthew “Matty” Christian (1983-2009), from the town of Canton, Massachusetts, who was born without full limbs and a tongue.  As told through interviews with his parents, brother and several close friends, Raising Matty Christian, paints a portrait of an inspiring young man who never took no for an answer, achieved a great deal of success and set out to live life to the fullest.  84 minutes, not rated.

Reception with Keynote Speakers: Christian de Rezendes, Director and Producer and Paul Plotkin, Associate Producer of Raising Matty Christian.

Reception: 5:00- 6:30 pm, Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St, Buffalo, free to film screening patrons, Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or reservations, call 716-629-3626 or www.disabilityfilmfest.org


4. Friday, April 25: Symposium: What is Sex?
10:30 AM- 6:00 PM
, 120 Clemens Hall, North Campus

Presented by the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis & Culture

Speakers are Leo Bersani, Univ. of California/Berkeley, Eugenie Brinkema, MIT, Patricia Gherovici, Psychoanalyst, Philadelphia, Phillipe Van Haute, Radbound University, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Univ. of Utah. The symposium’s title, “What Is Sex?” figures its topic as a question to which the answer might not be as self-evident as popular opinion would suggest. The speakers will address the tension between “sex” as sexual difference and “sex” as sexual practice—that is, to examine how psychoanalysis might think erotic practice without always framing it via the heterosexualizing lens of sexual difference. The intellectual aim is to generate more varied accounts of gender/sexuality outside the orbit of heteronormativity, and to consider how a psychoanalytic emphasis on sexual difference de-prioritizes other forms of embodied difference, such as race or dis/ability. The invited speakers represent an international and interdisciplinary group who promise to engage these questions with rigor and gusto.

Cosponsored by The Humanities Institute, The Gender Institute, English Department, Department of Comparative Literature, Transnational Department, Romance Languages and Literature Department, The Eugenio Donato Chair (Rodolphe Gasche), the Julian Park Chair (Ewa Plonowska Ziarek) and the Samuel P. Capen Chair (Jorge Gracia).


5. Saturday, April 28:  First Annual Undergraduate Conference of WNY

10:00 am – 1:00 pm, 120 Clemens Hall, Free to public

The Steering Committee of the Annual Undergraduate Conference of Western New York, consisting of undergraduate representatives from English, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Classics, Global Gender Studies, History, Philosophy and Political Science, is organizing an undergraduate conference on the theme of Violence and Representation.

The conference will feature UB undergraduate students, especially (although not exclusively) to students in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as students from Buffalo State College, Medaille College and Canisius College. Our aim is to include presentations from a wide range of disciplines to allow for a thorough examination of the conference theme.

This is a free event for anyone; students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are all welcome and invited to attend! Lunch will be served!

For more information and to register:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-undergraduate-conference-of-wny-tickets-11050633743


6.  Tue. April 29:   LGBTQ Discrimination, Health, and Support: Panel and Information Session    
4:00 pm, 102 O’Brian Hall, North Campus, Free
Presenters: Lindy Korn, Esq., James Bowman- LQBTQ Wellness & Special Project Coordinator, UB Student Wellness Center, Jorien Brock- Senior Director, Pride Center of WNY

Come learn about LGBTQ Issues in the Workplace including Employment Discrimination and Wrongful Termination; LGBTQ Policies in Higher Education & Student Support Programs; and LGBTQ health issues and disparities!

For more information: 716-645-3056www.sbi.buffalo.edu/legal


7. Sunday, April 27:  Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
2969 Main Street at the foot of Hertel Avenue
Registration: 11-12:00 noon, Competitions: 12:00 noon
Walk begins promptly at 1:00 PM

There is an old saying: “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® asks men to literally walk one mile in women’s high-heeled shoes. It’s not easy walking in these shoes, but it’s fun and it gets the community to talk about something that’s really difficult to talk about: gender relations and  sexual violence against women.

The event kicks off and ends at Crisis Services, 2969 Main Street at the foot of Hertel Avenue. The route takes supporters down Hertel to Starin Avenue and back again. Competitions and contests will feature activities, prizes and more.

Follow this link for more information, to register or to sponsor an individual or team: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes 2014


8. Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month? 
To help spread the word, the National Sexual Violence Research Center is sponsoring a 30DaysofSAAM contest.

Each day in April, the NSVRC is encouraging people to post an image that reflects the day's unique theme.

The No Woman Left Behind, UB Chapter Blog is currently accepting submissions for the #30DaysofSAAM contest!

Please click http://nowomanleftbehind-ub.tumblr.com/submit  to submit your image.

You do not need a Tumblr account to participate. Your image will be featured on the blog! 

You can also participate on Twitter, Tumblr, and/or Instagram by using the tag: #30DaysofSAAM.



9. Friday, May 2: WNY ACE Women’s Network Annual Conference

Economic (in)Justice: The Persistent Pay Gap For Women in Higher Education

8:30 am- 1:30 pm, Center for Tomorrow, North Campus

Kate C. Farrar, Keynote Speaker, Vice President of Campus Leadership Programs, American Association for University Women (AAUW)

Professional registration fee: $55, Full-time Graduate Student registration fee: $35

The mission of the WNY ACE Women's Network is to develop and promote an agenda for women in higher education by: increasing the visibility for women in leadership roles; establishing linkages among and between our members and trustees, legislators, policymakers, etc.; and providing opportunities for professional development.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wny-ace-womens-network-annual-conference-tickets-11133541723?ref=enivtefor001&invite=NTYyNzYxMS9sdGhvbWFzQGJ1ZmZhbG8uZWR1LzA%3D&utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inviteformalv2&utm_term=attend&ref=enivtefor001


10. Wednesday, May 7: Feminist Research Alliance: Marion Werner, Geography
"Global Displacements: The Making of Uneven Development in the Dominican Republic and Haiti"
1:00-2:30 PM
, 207 UB Commons, North Campus

Using data gathered during more than a year of ethnographic work with workers and managers of export garment firms as the industry drastically re-structured in the mid-2000s, retrenched thousands of Dominican workers and shifted some operations to Haiti, Prof. Werner draws on feminist and post-colonial approaches to make sense of experiences of work, unemployment, gender and race in the face of these dramatic global shifts in production.  Free and open to the public.  Lunch will be served.


11. 12th Edition Summer Conference: Les âges de la vie: Reconfigurations et enjeux pour les femmes

May 18-23, Laval University, Quebec, Canada

Les âges de la vie : Reconfigurations et enjeux pour les femmes ("The Ages of Life: Reconfigurations and Issues for Women")

Pour sa 12e édition, l’Université féministe d’été est fière de vous présenter un colloque interdisciplinaire qui sort de l’ordinaire. Sous le titre « Les âges de la vie : Reconfigurations et enjeux pour les femmes », le colloque aura lieu à l'Université Laval du 18 au 23 mai 2014.

Venez profiter d’un lieu privilégié pour l’échange et le débat sur les enjeux féministes. Jetez un coup d’œil sur le programme (ci-dessous)! Les sujets et les angles d’approche sont variés et une large place est accordée aux échanges dans chacune des séances, le tout dans une atmosphère très conviviale. Vous aurez l’occasion de participer à un colloque scientifique, d’entrer directement en contact avec des spécialistes de réputation internationale, ainsi que d'échanger avec ces personnes ainsi qu’avec des confrères et consœurs étudiantes de différentes universités qui partagent vos intérêts.

Le colloque de l’Université féministe d’été est offert comme colloque seulement et comme cours d’été de 3 crédits aux étudiants et étudiantes detoutes les disciplines sous  les numéros  FEM-2000 et FEM-7003.

Des renseignements plus détaillés se trouvent sur le site web, mais n’hésitez pas à nous écrire ou à nous téléphoner (418-656-2131 poste 8930) si vous avez besoin de renseignements supplémentaires.

For more information and a translation, please go to: http://universitefeministedete.fss.ulaval.ca/



1. Accessibility Resources April Workshop Series

AR Staff will examine and demonstrate a series of accessible apps that would benefit all college students. Most of the apps demonstrated will be iOS apps (Apple), but we will list a number of Android or Third-Party alternatives that are available across platform. Presentation will be given by Kala Rounds and Lauren Lipinoga of the Office of Accessibility Resources

April 30, 2014 - Accessible Apps for College Students (live workshop/demo)- **Rescheduled**

2:30 pm until 4:00 pm EST  Learning Lab in the Center for Student Leadership & Community Engagement – 235 Capen Hall

No registration required, this is an in person workshop/demo.


2.  UB Libraries Database Trial

Expires: May 3, 2014 -  Must be accessed on campus

We have two new trials set up via Alexander Street Press good until May 3rd . Please have a look at these collections that offer access to important materials; and, feel free to forward to potentially interested parties within UB.

LGBT Thought and Culture: provides students and researchers across disciplines a multi-content perspective on the LGBT political, cultural and social movements throughout the twentieth century and into the present day. Various content types are included:

Papers of key figures and archival materials from local and national organizations; and seminal texts, letters, speeches, interviews, and ephemera covering the political evolution of gay rights as well as memoirs, biographies, poetry, and works of fiction that illuminate the lives of lesbians, gays, transgendered, and bisexual individuals and the community. 

LGBT Studies in Videois a cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community. This first-of-its-kind collection features award-winning documentaries, interviews, archival footage, and select feature films exploring LGBT history, gay culture and subcultures, civil rights, marriage equality, LGBT families, AIDS, transgender issues, religious perspectives on homosexuality, global comparative experiences, and other topics.  

Access them from the UB Libraries trial databases listing or directly here: http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/infotree/trials.asp


1. Gender Institute Faculty Research Grants

For information on the Gender Institute's research grants, fellowships, scholarships, and cosponsorships, click here:http://genderin.buffalo.edu/grants&fellowship





Ecocritical Studies Research Workshop

Landscape Across the Disciplines Research Workshop

Urban Image Research Workshop




Building Talent Symposium

The fall 2013 Symposium, entitled "Building Talent: Women, Patronage and Mentoring" was held on October 22, 2013, bringing together multiple generations of men and women architects to discuss the importance of the client/user to the architectural process and the influence that more women in leadership roles can have on women in the profession of architecture.
Click on the image below or visit our Gender and Architecture page for a full flyer and program.




Speakeasy was a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of research and creative art, run and published by students of the University at Buffalo and sponsored by the Gender Institute from 2008 to 2012. While all editors were UB students, submissions were written by students from across the country and worldwide.

Speakeasy published innovative essays, fiction, poetry, and visual artwork which concern gender, feminism, and sexuality at their center. Topics included in the journal have encompassed the history of sexuality; women’s health issues; abortion; gender and economics; constructions of masculinity and femininity; the body and representation of gender; and sexuality in art and literature, among many others.


Sex, Gender, Health:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives Symposium

This symposium on March 1, 2013 brought together UB faculty and community leaders to provide information, stimulate discussion, and initiate novel interactions, to present sex and gender health research, as well as to discuss educational best practices for incorporating sex and gender health into the curriculum.

Click on the logo below to visit the Sex, Gender, Health webpage.

Buffalo Gardens Symposium

On September 21, 2012, scholars and community leaders met to discuss multiple perspectives on urban agriculture, gardening, food policy, landscape, land management, historic preservation, sustainability, environmental ethic and ecocriticism. To download the program for this symposium, click on the photo panel below.


Gender Across Borders

The 2013 Gender Across Borders conference was themed "Feminisms Across Generations". Click on the graphic below to visit the Gender Across Borders web page.






Film Fest

film fest





Gender Week

For information on past Gender Week events,
visit our Gender Week tab




ADD YOUR EVENT: If you are organizing an event related to women and/or gender that you would like the Gender Institute to help publicize, please send an email with the following information to Becky Burke (rburke2@buffalo.edu).

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